Specialized and Focused Substance Abuse Treatment for Baby Boomers
Many consider addiction to be a younger persons’ problem. The institutional support and media attention given to protecting our children from drugs and alcohol has caused many to look past the rampant addiction plaguing the elderly, particularly in Florida.
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is acutely aware of the unique physical and emotional issues faced by seniors working to overcome addiction and mental disorder. In our substance abuse program for Boomers, we administer swift and targeted care specifically created for our aging baby boomer population.
Even the most able-bodied patients often enter our facility racked with physical pain and suffering significantly decreased mobility. When treating our aging boomer population, we are challenged with the normal deteriorative effects of the aging process sometimes greatly accelerated by prolonged drug or alcohol abuse.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction among Boomers
Although many are quick to overlook behavioral signs of addiction as a normal part of the aging process, it’s important that the loved ones and care providers of aging boomers look beyond this superficial rationalization to rule out drug or alcohol abuse. This is particularly important for those who have been taking prescription painkillers or sedatives for legitimate illness. Some of the signs include:
- Constant sense of loneliness
- Heightened obstinacy and agitation
- Increased bouts of dementia
- Drastic changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in family and friends
Expert Withdrawal Management and Specialized Rehabilitation
Our doctors and nurses carefully monitor each patient’s withdrawal period, and use extreme caution during the detoxification process. We understand our boomer patients’ intense physical vulnerability during withdrawal and work hard to provide intensive and focused symptom relief at a pace that doesn’t compromise their safety or the success of their recovery.
During rehabilitation, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches offers specialized therapies, expert counseling and the integration of family and loved ones into the recovery process. As the baby boomer generation is getting older, they are starting to now become increasingly reliant on their family for support and thus, involving family in the recovery process is a critical part of the program.
Restoring Your Strength and Peace-of-Mind
Our substance abuse program for Boomers helps patients physically heal and regain their energy and independence again when freed from the chains of their addiction. Even though it may seem impossible right now, there is a way out of addiction. It’s never too late to start living the rest of your life.
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches runs a highly reputable and successful rehab for Boomers program. If you or a loved one is one of the many Baby Boomers battling drug and alcohol addiction, expert addiction care is available. Get the help you need by calling (888) 432-2467.
Infographic Rehab for Baby Boomers
This infographic uses data from a variety of sources including psychiatric and substance abuse studies to make the case that the need for substance abuse rehab services for Baby Boomers as they age is likely to be much greater than previous generations of older Americans. It projects a huge increase in the number of illicit drug users over 50 by 2020 and highlights why there can be a greater negative impact of drug use on older individuals due to a variety of physical and mental factors. It closes with guidelines for choosing baby boomer-focused rehab facilities for the growing population of older Americans who will need them in the near future.
- Projecting drug use among aging baby boomers in 2020. Colliver JD, Compton WM, Gfroerer JC, Condon T.
- Psychiatric Times
- Alcohol Health & Research World
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration